Cooperation, volunteers needed in flooded areas


Many areas of Texas are dealing with severe storms and floods, especially in the counties of Caldwell, Guadalupe and Hays. TSCRA has been in contact with the official disaster response authorities and urge ranchers and landowners cooperate with those agencies to facilitate any search and rescue operations on their property, especially along the Blanco River. If you would like to volunteer in the recovery efforts please call David Maxwell at 281-825-9994 for more information.  

TAHC urges livestock and pet owners to protect their animals before disaster strikes


With the rain, flooding and tornados across our state, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reminds Texans to take appropriate steps to prepare your livestock, poultry and pets before disaster strikes. All animals are vulnerable to issues associated with torrential rains and floods. Such events can easily impact both animal and human health. Proper planning and preparedness are key in preventing or minimizing the loss of livestock and pets. Stay informed and protect your livestock and pets against potential severe weather threats. Read more…

Floods and your livestock 

Only days before Memorial Day weekend rains, this field near San Angelo was dry. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns

With the continued recent rains across Texas, the following information is a good reminder. Are you prepared in the event of a flood, storm, etc.? These events can impact animal health as well as human health. Make plans for your livestock in case you need to evacuate your home and/or ranch. Click here to download a “Floods and Your Livestock” fact sheet…

Beef Buzz: Peel gives green light for herd expansion for next 3+ years

AgriLife Extension photo by Robert Burns.

Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel talks with Radio Oklahoma Network’s Ron Hays about increasing herd numbers and the gradual rebuilding process. Click here to listen to Beef Buzz audio…

Texas crop, weather for May 27, 2015


Both the El Niño pattern and global warming are the usual suspects for a large, high-level low-pressure area and the resulting catastrophic weather, but neither can be blamed, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist. “We’re currently in a very weak El Niño right now, and this kind of pattern is not necessarily tied to that by any means,” said Matt Stalley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Fort Worth. “It’s a combination of many different effects, not just here but around the globe.” Read more…

TSCRA statement on finalized EPA water rule


TSCRA President Pete Bonds made a statement Wednesday after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The agency finalized the rule, which unilaterally expands its jurisdiction over water in our country, only 6 months after receiving 1 million public comments. “The EPA claims the finalized Waters of the U.S. rule is an effort to keep our nation’s water clean and safe, but I fully disagree…” Read more…

TSCRA Ranch Rodeo in Levelland July 18


TSCRA will host the final ranch rodeo of 2015 on July 18 in Levelland, in conjunction with the Caprock Ranchers Horse Futurity. There are a limited number of slots remaining for ranch rodeo teams. If you want to test yourself against the best teams in Texas and Oklahoma, you need to enter. For more details, go to

Texans encouraged to help those devastated by floods and severe weather

Picture courtesy Texas AM AgriLife Extension Service

Parts of rural Texas have been hit hard by severe weather and experienced the wrath of Mother Nature through tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding. As Texans continue to deal with the aftermath of this devastating weather, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is calling on fellow Texans to lend a helping hand to those in need by donating to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund or STAR Fund. The STAR Fund was created to collect monetary contributions from private individuals and businesses to assist farmers and ranchers in responding to and recovering from natural disasters. Funds may be used to rebuild fences, restore operations and pay for other agricultural relief efforts. “These severe storms are catastrophic in nature, and in their wake, they’ve destroyed homes and Read more…

NCBA: EPA writes off rural America, finalizes proposed WOTUS rule

Picture courtesy Oklahoma State University

The EPA finalized its “Waters of the United States” proposed rule Wednesday, which unilaterally strips private property rights and adds hundreds of thousands of stream miles and acres of land to federal jurisdiction. Under the guise of clarifying the Clean Water Act, the EPA and the Army Corps added ambiguous language to the law that leaves regulation up to the subjectivity of individual regulators across the country. By law, the EPA must read and consider all comments submitted on the proposed rule, but only six months after receiving over one million public comments on the proposal, EPA has finalized the rule. Philip Ellis, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president, said this is a clear indication there is no intention of considering the concerns of those most impacted by the rule. Read more…

Cattlemen’s Column: Texas Central Railway raises concerns on use of eminent domain

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TSCRA President Pete Bonds talks the proposed DFW to Houston high-speed rail plan, eminent domain and how ranchers and landowners are caught in the middle. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, May 27, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending May 23, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $2 to $5 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly steady to firm. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade losing $1.68 to close at $260.25 per cwt and Select Grade losing $3.48 to close at $247.62 per cwt. Net export sales for May 8-14 were up noticeably from the previous week. Export shipments were down one percent from the previous week, and shipments primarily went to Japan, Mexico and South Korea. Read more…

How ranchers can help in flood zones


Much of Texas is dealing with severe storms and flood situations, especially in the counties of Caldwell, Guadalupe and Hays. TSCRA law enforcement has been in contact with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and local authorities in the affected areas and have offered aid as needed. Ranchers and landowners are asked to cooperate with the local authorities to facilitate any search and rescue operations on their property, especially along the Blanco River. For more information on disaster recovery, visit the Texas AgriLife Extension Disaster Education Network at

TSCRA Crime Watch: Trailer stolen in Callahan County, 4-wheeler missing in Shelby County


TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts, Dist. 16 in Central Texas, reports the May 4 theft of a stock trailer from a property south of Baird in Callahan County and Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in far East Texas, also reports the theft of a 4-wheeler from a ranch near Timpson in Shelby County. Read more…

24 counties added to disaster proclamation


Gov. Greg Abbot has issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation certifying that the severe weather, tornado and flooding event that began on May 4, 2015, has caused a disaster in additional Texas counties. Read more at…

With new EPA water rule, Obama again takes executive action on environment


The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a new rule this week to protect a significantly larger percentage of streams and wetlands that provide habitat for wildlife and sources of drinking water. The move is another example of President Obama taking executive action on environmental and climate issues regardless of whether he has the support of Congress. The administration has already protected millions of acres from oil and gas development and is expected to set aside more, even as it has allowed the expansion of oil and gas drilling elsewhere. It plans to issue new rules this summer to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Read more at the LA Times.

Cow-Calf Corner: Understanding wet hay; More lessons in meat demand

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the May 25 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter form the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Glenn Selk discusses how to deal with wet hay and Derrell Peel talks about production, markets and beef demand. Read more…

TSCRA wraps up Texas Central Railway informational meetings


Around 100 ranchers, landowners and guests attended the second of TSCRA’s informational meetings in Navasota Thursday evening at the Grimes County Expo Center. Kyle Workman, president, Texans Against High-Speed Rail, was there to discuss the project and answer questions. TSCRA hosted a previous meeting May 14 in Corsicana at the Navarro County Exposition Center. Read more…

Browning Blog: Rain in the plains, y’all

Evelyn Browning-Garriss

In the May 22 edition of the Browning Blog, exclusive content for TSCRA members from climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss, get the latest on El Niño, spring and summer rain, and what it all means for our short and long-term drought situation.  Read more…

Wal-Mart asks meat suppliers to reduce antibiotic use

photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said its U.S. units were asking meat suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals, joining the list of U.S. companies that have responded to consumer and government concerns over the excess use of drugs in livestock. Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. will also ask suppliers to provide annual reports on antibiotics management and animal welfare, the world’s largest retailer said on Friday. Read more at Reuters…

Roberts: EPA stacked the deck on WOTUS comments

USDA/NRCS photo by Jeff Vanuga.

Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., used a nomination hearing Thursday to sound off on what he said were EPA’s “questionable activities” surrounding the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Roberts told Jeffrey Prieto, President Obama’s nominee to be USDA’s general counsel, that the proposed rule would harm U.S. agriculture, which USDA has the responsibility to protect. What’s more, Roberts said he believes EPA broke federal law when it “manipulated and influenced” the outcome of the rule’s public comment period, which should trouble any attorney. Read more at Agri-Pulse…